Five new COVID-19 deaths, 257 cases in Alberta

Henrietta Brewer
August 13, 2020

Alberta reported five more COVID-19 deaths and 257 new cases of the illness over a three-day period from Friday to Sunday.

There are now more than 1,090 active cases in the province, a slight reduction from the week prior but still a "significant" amount, Hinshaw said Monday.

As always, Albertans are encouraged to practice physical distancing, wear a mask when in public, maintain proper hand hygiene, and stay home if they are feeling at all sick. "Remember that when we take actions to protect ourselves, we are also protecting each other". There are now 66 people in hospital with COVID-19, 13 of whom are in intensive care.

Over the past three days, case numbers in the Edmonton zone surpassed those seen in the Calgary zone.

Two more residents of Edmonton's Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre passed away. There have now been 27 deaths and 113 cases of COVID-19 at the south-side facility since mid-June. "It is a reminder that COVID-19 continues to be with us, and we can not turn our backs on this virus".

Dr. Deena Hinshaw confirmed the province saw 108 new positive cases Friday, 101 on Saturday and 48 on Sunday. "This is a serious situation", said Hinshaw, adding no other infections have been identified at the facility since August 2.

Daily case numbers have varied widely in recent days.

Hinshaw noted the irony that following her last update, in which she expressed cautious optimism about the reduction in new cases, there were three consecutive days with case counts over 100.

Two people in the South Health Zone have died as a result of COVID-19 since Friday, one from Medicine Hat and one from the County of Newell.

Shepherd said the government could look to hire contract workers or assign Alberta Health Services staff to the site, similar to how the British Columbia government co-ordinated its health-care workers.

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